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Course Contents at a Glance

an icon of a pair of binoculars The following list shows a summary of the topics covered in this course. To see all of the course pages, visit the Table of Contents.

  • Module 1: Lifespan Development



    • Introducing Human Development
    • The Lifespan Perspective
    • Research in Lifespan Development
    • Research in Lifespan Development


  • Module 2: Developmental Theories

    • Psychodynamic Theories
    • Behavioral and Cognitive Theories
    • Introducing the Humanistic, Contextual, and Evolutionary Perspectives of Development
    • Comparing and Evaluating Lifespan Theories


  • Module 3: Prenatal Development

    • Biological Foundations of Human Development
    • Prenatal Development
    • Birth and Delivery


  • Module 4: Infancy

    • Physical Growth and Development in Newborns and Toddlers
    • Cognitive Development in Infants and Toddlers




    • Emotional and Social Development During Infancy


  • Module 5: Early Childhood

    • Physical Development in Early Childhood
    • Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
    • Emotional and Social Development in Early Childhood


  • Module 6: Middle Childhood

    • Physical Development in Middle Childhood
    • Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood
    • Educational Issues during Middle Childhood
    • Emotional and Social Development in Middle Childhood


  • Module 7: Adolescence

    • Physical Growth and Development in Adolescence
    • Cognitive Development in Adolescence
    • Emotional and Social Development in Adolescence


  • Module 8: Early Adulthood

    • Physical Development in Early Adulthood




    • Cognitive Development in Early Adulthood
    • Theories of Adult Psychosocial Development
    • Theories of Early Adult Psychosocial Development
    • Relationships in Early Adulthood


  • Module 9: Middle Adulthood

    • Physical Development in Middle Adulthood
    • Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood
    • Emotional and Social Development in Middle Adulthood
    • Relationships in Middle Adulthood


  • Module 10: Late Adulthood

    • Physical Development in Late Adulthood
    • Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood
    • Psychosocial Development in Late Adulthood


  • Module 11: Death and Dying

    • Understanding Death
    • Emotions Related to Death
    • Facing Death




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